Some people collect various tchotchkes or shoes or purses or cats to create happiness. While I would collect cats, I refuse to become a cliche, so instead I collect inspirational sayings to motivate me to live my best life. It’s a lot of pressure on a phrase or sentence or two. 🙂 And yet, words are strong. Inhumanely strong. Ugly words, even those said long ago, grow roots inside of us that seep into our thoughts and unconsciously direct our decisions and beliefs. To help me deal with those roots, I use inspirational quotes to rewire my brain and help me find my way back to happiness.
I picked a few sayings that struck a chord with me, due to what’s going on in my life and the world around me. I share them in hopes that they inspire you as well, because we all have ugly thoughts and false beliefs rolling around our head. Let’s pull them out and discard them. They serve no purpose beyond preventing happiness and living to our fullest potential.
It’s Time to Let Go of Hate
I am scared these days to read the news. There is so much ugliness. We’re so focused on being right and our righteousness versus truly digging in and fixing problems. And righteousness is really dangerous, because it is not only subjective, but it is too often used to shield and/or rationalize ugliness, like racism and prejudice. Or to be blunt, our hate.
We all have hate in our heart, whether we choose to admit it or not. I try really hard not to have hate in my heart, but I do. Sometimes it may be justified, but more often than I am probably willing to admit — it’s moral righteousness. And it’s getting in the way of my happiness. This isn’t advocating that we lay down and let people walk over us. Or that we can’t be angry or upset when someone acts or does something abhorrent and/or criminal and demand justice, but we also shouldn’t condemn a race or religion from the actions of a few.
To remember how hate hurts us collectively. As Maya sagely reminded us, hate has caused untold problems but has never fixed a damn thing. Look at our history, the past is prose. There are real problems in this world that need fixing. And hate isn’t the solution.
You and I Are Strong
I was one of those kids who thought being an adult was going to be awesome 24/7. The reality is that life is tough. It’s ugly. It’s hard. It’s beautiful. It’s fulfilling. It’s every adjective known to mankind. It’s also not for the faint of heart. And that was a real slap in the face.
I don’t often think of myself as being tough. Physically, I’m not. Mentally, it depends on the day. And yet … I am so damn strong. And so are you. Every day we get out of bed to face the unknown. A day of delights, hurts and more. We do it over and over and over. Whatever the odds, we rise up.
Life isn’t always easy or fun. Some moments are brutal and we want to give-up. But then we remember, navigating life is hard, but when done right, unbelievably rewarding too.
See the Blessings Around You
I’ve shared with you my struggles with depression and it continues to be an ongoing battle. Gratitude is one of the best defenses against it, but when I’m at my lowest, it’s really hard to see the light and goodness in my life. My world is dark and overcast. As silly as it may seem to some of you, my inspirational sayings help me shift my thoughts.
Words are powerful. They articulate hopes, dreams and feelings. There are dark clouds in my life, but there is also a lot of light. I just have to pay attention. It’s why I not only collect inspirational sayings but redesign and share them. It’s the combination of reading and building something beautiful to showcase these strong, truthful words that reminds me of my own strength and blessings. And the darkness fades just a bit more.
What are some of your favorite inspirational sayings?